Microsoft Speaker Outlines Strategy for Delivering Advanced BI/CPM Solutions at Clarity Systems' Vision:09 Users Conference

    Collaboration between Microsoft and Clarity Systems delivers a unified
    Business Intelligence/Corporate Performance Management solution that
    tightly integrates effective BI technology with a powerful CPM

    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ - Co-operation between Clarity Systems and
Microsoft Corporation to deliver advanced and affordable BI and CPM
functionality to the Office of Finance will form the core of a Special Address
by Karl Leigh, Director of BI Partner Strategy & Business Development for
Microsoft, on the opening day of Vision:09, in Orlando, Florida.
    Following upon the President's Keynote address on May 18 to Clarity's
annual worldwide users' conference, Leigh will speak to the integration of
Clarity Systems' applications into Microsoft's technology platforms, which
result in rich information management solutions that gives businesses the
information they need to make informed decisions in these turbulent times.
    "The rapid growth of our customer base is directly attributable to the
ease with which our customers leverage their Microsoft investments with
Clarity's CPM and external reporting solutions," noted Mark Nashman, President
& CTO, Clarity Systems. "The combination of Microsoft's business intelligence
platform together with Clarity 6 and Clarity FSR(TM) provide our customers
with a comprehensive set of capabilities to analyze, plan and report on the
performance of their operations," added Nashman.
    "Microsoft's BI mission is to empower individuals with both Microsoft
technology and specialized applications, such as the CPM and external
reporting solutions that Clarity excels at, to gain insights into their
businesses to drive growth, while lowering our customers' total cost of
ownership," said Leigh. "I look forward to meeting our mutual customers at the
conference and exploring with them how both Microsoft and Clarity Systems have
delivered the results they need."
    In addition to his opening presentation, Leigh will lead a breakout
session at the conference detailing Microsoft's BI vision, which includes:
thinking about BI as a collaborative process; putting the user at the center
with powerful reporting and analysis tools; examining self-service BI and data
mining; exploring the SharePoint and SQL Server platform and how to position
one's company for future BI investments.
    Clarity remains the largest independent CPM vendor, deploying solutions
based on Microsoft's technology across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Clarity
is ranked as having the No. 1 Budgeting and Planning software solution, by
Forrester Research, scoring the highest of 10 vendors in the planning and
budgeting solution category in "The Forrester Wave: Business Performance
Solutions, Q4 2007" report. As well, BPM Partners ranked Clarity as No. 1 in
overall Customer Satisfaction in their latest customer survey, "Beyond the
Hype 2009: An Unbiased Look at BPM Vendors and Trends."

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

    Clarity Systems

    Clarity Systems delivers software solutions to the Office of Finance. The
company's software helps organisations around the world improve their
budgeting, planning, consolidations, scorecarding and management reporting
processes, and also automates the external reporting processes required to
produce regulatory and statutory reports. Clarity's unified applications help
CFOs reduce risk while simultaneously improving operational efficiency. For
more information, please visit Clarity's website at or
call 44 (0) 2031784038 in the UK or 1-877-410-5070 in North America.

For further information:

For further information: on Clarity Systems, please contact: Dave
Paolini, Communications Manager, Clarity Systems Limited, (647) 242-1184,

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